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Multimillionare Gladesman 'Alligator Ron' Bergeron mulling governor campaign

Ron Bergeron

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Ron Bergeron



One of the more colorful business leaders in Florida, "Alligator Ron" Bergeron, tells the Buzz he is considering -- "reasonably seriously" -- running for governor in 2018. 

"I've had an awful lot of people approach me," said Bergeron, 73, a rodeo champ, alligator wrestler, and eighth generation Floridian who grew up swimming in the Everglades and made a fortune in the development, road construction and cattle business. "I think I have to first of all look at my family and how it would effect my family and make the decision after that."

A Republican who describes himself as a "moderate conservative," Bergeron says private sector experience is crtitical in government, as is building consensus, listerning, and bringing people together. He is a big fan of Gov. Rick Scott, but also is complimnetary of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, and likely Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam.

"We'd have to have a hitchin' post at the governor's mansion for my horse," mused Bergeron, who expects to make a decision within four months or so.

Asked if he would be capable of spending as much money as Rick Scott did in 2010 -- about $75 million - Bergeron said, 'I could,' but has made no decision.

 "Getting the support of the people of florida. I think that's probably more important than financing your own campaign," said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commissioner who drives a gold-plated Hummer.

John Morgan versus Ron Bergeron: A political writer's dream.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 3:45pm]


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